To maintain the cooperative nature of Arctic relations, governance structures—like the Arctic Council—must be properly supported.
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The Arctic is a region of cooperation. Entities like the Arctic Council, the Arctic Coast Guard Forum, and the Inuit Circumpolar Council, and agreements like the International Agreement to Prevent Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean are essential to maintaining cooperation between the Arctic nations, and non-Arctic nations, in the face of global geopolitical trends. The Polar Institute analyzes the effectiveness of current governance structures, and researches ways to help improve these existing structures.
Highlight: Iceland Foreign Minister Discusses Arctic Council Chairmanship
In May 2019, Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, presented an overview of the country’s Arctic Council Chairmanship agenda, Arctic policy, and national interests in the region.Watch the Event Recap
Ambassador David Balton
Senior Fellow, Polar Institute
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As the Arctic opens, the nations and peoples of the region are struggling to keep pace with the dizzying rate of change. At the international level, we are seeking ways to strengthen Arctic governance, particularly of increasing human activities in the Arctic Ocean.
Director, Global Risk and Resilience Program & Director, Polar Institute
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Once considered remote and isolated, the Arctic region is now part of the political, social, economic, security, and geopolitical landscape—this reality requires research and policy analysis now more than ever.
Global Fellow, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States & Global Fellow, Polar Institute
Global Fellow, Polar Institute
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